The Rapp for Feb. 11

Second Friday: A look around the world

John Isaacs
John Isaacs

John Isaacs will give a talk on national security and world affairs in the Second Friday at the Library series, Friday, Feb 12, at 8 p.m.

Isaacs, who lives in Washington D.C., and in Sperryville, has worked for many years on such issues as Iraq, Congress, and nuclear weapons. How should we respond to Russia’s belligerence in Ukraine, Crimea, and Syria? With ISIS a threat in the Middle East and at home, what can the U.S. do? Isaacs, who is a senior fellow at the Council for a Livable World, is one of the leaders of the nation’s arms control community.

The library series is sponsored by the Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community. The talks are free, and all are welcome.

Just 0.4 percent of U.S. hotels surveyed by AAA make the Five Diamond list, which again includes The Inn at Little Washington.
Just 0.4 percent of U.S. hotels surveyed by AAA make the Five Diamond list, which again includes The Inn at Little Washington.

Rappahannock inns: honors (and multiple diamonds)

Once again, two Rappahannock inns were picked for AAA’s elite Diamond lists. Each year AAA reviews nearly 28,000 hotels including resorts, historic inns, B&Bs and more. Just 0.4 percent make the AAA Five Diamond list, which again includes The Inn at Little Washington. The Inn has been on the list since 1989, and it’s the only hotel in Virginia among this year’s Five Diamond winners. And The Inn is also a Five Diamond restaurant.

Down Main Street, Middleton Inn was, again, a Four Diamond winner. Only 5.7 percent of the U.S. hotels surveyed by AAA made the list, and Middleton was one of only 22 Virginia properties in this select group.

Last week, the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s named “14 Romantic Virginia B&Bs and Inns,” and two county establishments were among the picks: Middleton, take another bow, and Sperryville’s The Inn at Mount Vernon Farm. About the latter property, the release notes, “The home was built in the late 1820s and remains in the same family. Major upgrades were made to the home in 2010 to make it the luxury inn you’ll find today.”


Sperryville’s The Inn at Mount Vernon Farm , top, and Washington's Middleton Inn were on's “14 Romantic Virginia B&Bs and Inns” list.
Sperryville’s The Inn at Mount Vernon Farm , top, and Washington’s Middleton Inn were on’s “14 Romantic Virginia B&Bs and Inns” list.

Don’t burn before 4

A reminder for everyone that Virginia’s 4 p.m. burning law goes into effect on Feb. 15. The law states that from Feb. 15 through April 30 of each year no burning is permitted before 4 p.m. For more information, and complete copies of the law, contact the VDOF office at 540-948-5341.

It’s time to link up

Businesses of Rappahannock’s Biz Link networking social event returns Thursday, Feb. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Triple Oak Bakery, 11692 Lee Highway, Sperryville. If you know anyone that is not a member and would like to attend please bring them along, Biz Rapp urges. For more information email

Gray Ghost begins and ends the year on top

For the first time ever, Amissville’s Gray Ghost Vineyards began and ended the year with Double Gold medal wins. Gray Ghost kicked off the 2015 wine competition season with a Double Gold on the Reserve Chardonnay at the Florida State Fair International Wine Competition and finished the year with a Double Gold on the Adieu at the Grand Harvest Awards in California.

To earn a Double Gold medal, wines are first awarded Gold by an initial panel of judges. Then the wine is submitted to a larger panel of judges where every judge must rank it Gold in order to earn Double Gold status.

In addition, for the 13th consecutive year, Gray Ghost surpassed the 100 medal mark. And the 2015 competition season represented Gray Ghost’s highest achieving year of top awards. Of the 102 medals earned, there were three Best of Class awards, three Double Golds, one Platinum and 24 Golds.

Taste for yourself: The winery is located at 14706 Lee Highway, Amissville, and the tasting room is open during the winter Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It is not too late to get your flu shot

The Rappahannock County Health Department still has flu vaccines available. Call 540-675-3516 to set up a time to come in and get a vaccine to protect you against the flu.


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